Grief is the journey . . .

  Gratitude is the destination

  From Grief to Gratitude

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Become a Certified Grief Coach

Help Yourself   ▪   Help Others   ▪   Make a Difference

Baby boomers are facing the death of their parents. The drug overdose death rate is at epidemic numbers. The suicide rate is increasing with a rise in pre-teen suicides. Gun deaths have risen to the highest level in 20 years. Family members and friends are left to grieve the painful emotions of loss, oftentimes grieving alone in silence and never reaching out for support, or even knowing that help is available. Many are relying on the myth that “It just takes time.”  Dora Carpenter, Founder of the From Grief to Gratitude Coach Certification Program says, "We need to do more. We want to do more. We will do more."


From Grief to Gratitude  Coach Certification Program is Accredited by the

International Coach Federation (ICF)


COACHES:  Become a Certified Grief Coach™ in a unique system that provides movement through the grieving process and takes clients to a life of fulfillment and gratitude.  Tap into a global market of millions who are affected by loss each year.  Expand your impact by coaching clients from pain to peace, heartbreak to happiness, and grief to gratitude.  


“Each of us at some point has been directly or indirectly touched by loss and may unconsciously hold within us blocks of unresolved grief.  Imagine being as free as you can be to be able to move beyond this limitation and be more sensitive and tuned fully into your clients.”   ~~ Sheila Paxton, Author and Master Coach


Applications Now Being Accepted for Upcoming Classes

Don't procrastinate as class size is limited.

My Promise to You

As a From Grief to Gratitude Certified Coach, you will have the knowledge, skills, resources, and confidence to coach clients through the transformative process of handling the painful emotions of losing a loved one, getting on top of their grief, and moving forward in life with meaning and purpose in the shortest time possible.


  • -- Broaden your program offerings to serve a unique and underserved market
  • -- Reduce program interruption and client dropout rate
  • -- Identify and process any personal unresolved grief
  • -- Achieve emotional and financial rewards while reaching a global audience
  • -- Promote your expert status with a proven 5-step recipe that gets life-changing results
  • -- Practical tools and techniques that you can use with your clients immediately
  • -- Increase client retention and referrals by being the go-to grief coach in your community
  • -- Tap into a niche market with unlimited prospects
  • -- Enhance your coaching skills utilizing the International Coach Federation's  (ICF) core coaching competencies
  • -- Associate with a proven, successful, and well-recognized brand

To make sure that becoming a certified From Grief to Gratitude Coach is a good fit for you, we have a pre-enrollment application process.  Click on the button below.


"Taking this course has been one of the single most healing things I have done since the 2 most recent losses in my personal life. The skills or tools that I learned have helped me in my personal journey as well as giving me the tools to support others through their journey through the heartache of grief. If you are considering this course, for your own personal healing, to advance you in your current career, or to set you on an entirely different career path, I encourage you to jump in... ALL IN! The results are beyond my wildest dreams." ~~ Jolie Hrominchuk, Winnipeg, Manitoba,  Canada

"This program gives you the tools to help others move through their grief journey with greater awareness, optimism, fortitude and belief in their ability to find meaning on the other side of loss. Whether you're looking to work with others who have experienced loss or healing from your own, Dora's wise, warm and compassionate presence will make you feel supported and safe...and you just may be amazed by how quickly the wilderness that is grief can bloom with seeds of gratitude and possibility." ~~ Naila F., Philadelphia, PA 

"I cant recommend this programme enough. If you are reading this sign up! As a ICF ACC Life Coach I benefited from further insight and understanding around the ICF core competencies as well as from all the learning, tools and pro bona coaching. I gained heightened awareness around my own grief journey and those of others closest to me. The whole programme was both cathartic and insightful. Grief is a journey and life is for living with no regrets." ~~ Clare Hadley, British expat currently living in Qatar

"The From Grief to Gratitude coaching program answered my calling to help others.  The program helped me better understand my grief and how I could serve others.  This is not a generic coaching program that you can attempt to plug and play into grief coaching.   You are getting first hand, professional insight and experience from a woman who started this from scratch.  If you ever get the opportunity, I hope you have the pleasure of at the very least, speaking with Dora.  You will truly be inspired." ~~ Brian N., Worcester, MA

"I'm surprised Dora doesn't offer a money back guarantee!  This program is top notch, personal, and professional all in one.  She raises the bar on dealing with grief!!" ~~ Dot R. VT

"I never suspected I could feel so hopeful about my own life again...and yet I am feeling alive inside, what an amazing feeling. Not only do I see where I can help others I feel so grateful to have received so much help myself. Thank you Dora!”  ~~ S. Palmieri, Connecticut

"I am fully equipped to carry out my calling to walk with others on their grief journey after completing this program. Dora Carpenter is a grief expert and true servant leader."  ~~ Heather D. Horton, Washington, DC

"Class time was not only an opportunity to learn, but an opportunity to grow and heal personally.  I looked forward to our meetings every week.  Dora genuinely cared about us as students, and I feel so grateful to have crossed paths." ~~ Rachael, Milwaukee, WI

"I not only learned how to coach clients along their grief journey, I also learned how to grow through my own grief.  Dora is a wise, knowledgeable, discerning, caring and inspirational instructor.  This program is life changing!!!"  ~~ Valerie A., Frederick, MD


What Your Program Includes

From Grief to Gratitude Coach Certification Program is supported on a state-of-the-art online program platform where you have 24/7 private access.  Your certification program includes:


  • -- Flexibility in scheduling and no travel required
  • -- Live interactive training calls for each program module
  • -- Recordings of training calls available for playback
  • -- Tools and resources to assist you when coaching clients
  • -- Intern-While-You-Learn Program where you work with a pro-bono client during training


Please understand that the From Grief to Gratitude Coach Certification Program is not based on a theological, philosophical, or conceptual framework for healing or fixing grief.  It has been developed from and infers a personalized compassionate, heart-centered approach to empathetically journey with clients through their unique grieving process.  The From Grief to Gratitude Program does not imply, offer, or provide professional counseling or therapy.


Certification Program Overview

There is great satisfaction as a coach to get real results for your clients.  The unique inclusion of a life coaching element takes your client not only through the grieving process, but extends through embracing a life of joy, fulfillment, and gratitude.  Coaching clients from pain to peace, heartbreak to happiness, and grief to gratitude will never go unappreciated.


The 7-week From Grief to Gratitude Coach Certification Program has six live interactive training modules where we focus on program-specific content and methodology, International Coach Federation (ICF) core competencies, and coaching activities and assignments.  Here is a look at the modules:

Module 1 - Foundations of Coaching Someone through Grief


This orientation module focuses on the prerequisites for successfully coaching your clients, understanding the ICF core competencies, the program format, delivery, expectations, and requirements for certification.


Module 2 – Giving Clients Permission to Grieve


You will have the knowledge, skills and resources to coach clients through the grieving process and help them understand and acknowledge their emotions.  Here is part of what we will cover:


  • -- Recognizing the many faces of grief
  1. -- Knowing the myths and avoiding the pitfalls
  2. -- Validating the uniqueness of the grief experience


Module 3 – Supporting Clients to Remember to Honor the Life and Legacy


This is where you will help your clients to accept the death and begin the transition from focusing on the death to remembering and honoring the life.    Some of the highlights are:


  • -- Confronting the reality of the death
  1. -- Creating rituals for remembrance
  2. -- Getting through the first year of grief
  3. -- Integrating loss into life



Module 4 – Guiding Clients to Incorporate New Traditions into Old Traditions


You will be able to coach your clients through creating renewed attitudes, behaviors, and perspectives resulting in transformative awareness and actions.  Key elements include:


  • -- Recognizing the "F" Factor: Fear, Forgiveness, and Faith
  • -- Creating new routines and activities
  1. -- Taking responsibility for a renewed life
  2. -- Completing the Wheel of Life Project


Module 5 – Encouraging Clients to Embrace Meaning and Purpose Going Forward


Here you will encourage and support clients to embrace a renewed purpose as they complete assignments focusing on “what’s next” activities.  Here are a few of the activities you will help them create:


  • -- The P.E.T. Project
  1. -- The Create Your Legacy Project
  2. -- The Future You Project


Module 6 – Championing Clients to Find Gratitude in the Gift of Now


Your clients are now ready to forge ahead and you will proficiently coach them through developing the blueprint for a successful journey to a place of fulfillment, happiness, and gratitude.  A few highlights are:


  • -- Giving yourself permission to move beyond grief
  1. -- Saying Yes! to it all
  2. -- The Personal Power Plan Project
  3. -- Evaluating your support system

The Intern-While-You-Learn Program gives you the opportunity to build your confidence and competence while working with a pro-bono coaching client.

At the conclusion of the program, you will be scheduled for a one-on-one consultation with the Program Director to ensure readiness for certification.  

"I researched for quite sometime to find a grief coaching program that would be a good fit for me. It was important that the program be approved by the ICF and honored my personal values. I found this program to be a perfect fit for me. Dora is so compassionate and supportive. She is also very knowledgeable and truly an expert in this field. I couldn’t be happier to be a Certified From Grief to Gratitude Coach!" ~~ Rhonda Cornwall, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
"The program is a must attend for those seeking to assist others during the grief process, story and journey to healing and gratitude; furthermore, it is empowering to take a leap of faith and provide grief to gratitude services."   ~~ Sindile Dlamini, Washington, DC

“Thank you so very much for allowing me to be myself. Your course gave me clear understanding regarding the role of a grief coach. The information I now have has equipped me to make a strong, positive impact in the lives of other individuals. Thank you.”  ~~ Pat Day-McCray, Chicago, IL

"A whole new door opened for me! I finally feel qualified enough to pursue my goal and purpose of helping others finding joy in life again! After two suicides in my immediate family, I am finally ready to help others through their grief process and lead them from grief to gratitude!" ~~ Manuela Novotny, Cleveland, Ohio

"Ms. Carpenter offers a non-traditional approach to helping clients through their grief.  She is correct when she says there is no standard operating procedure or cookie cutter approach.  This resonated perfectly with me.  She is fabulous!!! ~~ Anonymous


Being part of the From Grief to Gratitude community means being part of a professional group of passionate, empowering, and successful team members. 

Click here to complete a pre-enrollment application, then you will be contacted to schedule a pre-enrollment interview, where we'll see if the program is the right fit for you.  I'll be honored to have you join our team!


Dora Carpenter, Founder and Program Director

From Grief to Gratitude Coach Certification Program


Question:  Is this program only for coaches?


Answer:  Although coaches benefit by adding this expertise to their current service offerings and can use these 18 ICF Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units towards their ICF credential renewal requirements, the program is open to educators, health care professionals, death care professionals, clergy and lay persons, and anyone who wants to answer the compassionate call and help those grieving the loss of loved ones.  Maybe you might have some personal unresolved grief that hasn’t been addressed.  How would it feel to finally work through these blocks, and then be fully tuned in and present to help others?  Becoming a From Grief to Gratitude Certified Coach offers emotional and financial rewards, and your services will never go unappreciated.



Question:  Can I complete the program online or do I have to physically attend classes?


Answer:  This is a distance learning program and can be completed wherever you have access to the internet as weekly class sessions are conducted online.  Your Intern-While-You-Learn sessions with your pro-bono client can be conducted via telephone, online, or in person.



Question:  What is the class schedule and time commitment?


AnswerYou should be able to commit at least three hours weekly for the 6-week period to successfully complete the program.  The online class meets weekly for two hours on Tuesdays. Choose the morning class (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST) or the evening class (7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. EST).  In addition to your class, you are required to work with a pro-bono client for 45-60 minutes each week.  During the 7th-week of the program, you will be scheduled for a one-on-one consultation with the Program Director for a final review to determine satisfactory completion for certification.



Question:  Will my class materials be provided in hard copy or digital?


Answer:  All class materials are in digital format and are delivered via your online coaching portal and/or via email.



Question:  Will I receive a certificate upon completion of the program?


Answer:  Yes.  Upon satisfactory completion of the program, you will receive a certificate documenting completion of the program and 18 International Coach Federation Continuing Coach Education (CCE) hours in the areas of Core Competencies (7 hours) and Resource Development (11 hours).



Question:  Do you offer payment plans for the program cost?


Answer:  Yes we do offer payment options as we want to make sure that you are able to comfortably make this investment in your future.  The program can be paid in full at $1,297.00 or two (2) payments of $648.50 each.  ICF-credentialed coaches receive a $200 discount.  If your organization is interested in offering this program to a group, please reach out here to receive more information.



For additional questions, reach out to us here.



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"Dora is compassionate, generous and engaging, and her wisdom and years of experience shine through in the From Grief to Gratitude Coach Certification Program. In this course I was able to expand my own understanding of different types of grief beyond what I've personally experienced, and I feel very well-equipped to support clients as they seek healthy ways to express grief in their own lives." ~~ Emily Shutt, Philadelphia, PA 

"As someone that grew up with low self-esteem and been through every aspect of dealing with personal loss and grief, I have always enjoyed helping people and by accepting who i am, I found that by being a Certified Grief Coach is a way that I can do that.  From Grief to Gratitude is by far the best thing that i have ever done.  If you have a passion and a calling to help people with grief, then this is the course for you." ~~ Roy B. Fisher, Biloxi, MS

"Dora introduces the foundations of grief and how to work on any unresolved issues, no matter the type or reason. The biggest benefit for me was working through my personal experiences while learning to coach others through the grief process." ~~ Natalie Miles from Texas